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December 11, 2012, 11:55 PM

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Marissa Mayer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the New Yahoo! Mail  —  Email is the ultimate daily habit.  It's often the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing before going to bed.  Why?  Because it's one of the simplest and most basic forms of communication.  And since it's such an important part of our daily lives …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Increases Production and Expands Retail Distribution for Microsoft Surface With Windows RT  —  Makes Surface available at additional retailers, extends successful Microsoft holiday stores into new year.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to make Microsoft Surface available …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Pressing Apple to Take a Smaller Cut on Sales Inside Office for iOS  —  Apple has indeed rejected — not merely delayed — an update to Microsoft's SkyDrive app for iOS following a disagreement over whether it is owed the 30 percent cut of in-app purchases it typically demands.
Mayuresh Saoji / Google News Blog:
A better Google News experience on tablets  —  There's something special about reading news on your tablet.  Indeed, swiping through articles brings to mind the familiar feeling of flipping through a favorite magazine or newspaper.  Starting today, Google News feels even more natural and fluid on tablet devices.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Linux 3.7 arrives, ARM developers rejoice  —  Summary: The latest major Linux kernel release is here and it includes features that ARM developers and network administrators will love  —  Only months after the arrival of Linux 3.6, Linus Torvalds has released the next major Linux kernel update: 3.7.
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Apple, Samsung, RIM push Congress for more airwaves  —  A coalition of technology companies sent a letter to key lawmakers on Tuesday, calling for Congress to provide more airwaves for smartphones and tablet computers.  —  The letter was signed by Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Cisco, Ericsson …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Broadcom unveils a four-way radio chip to slash the costs of NFC  —  More than 1 million Android mobile devices are shipping each week with a technology called near-field communications (NFC), which allows you to tap your phone to another a device and transfer data instantly.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ballmer, Sinofsky and the struggle for the soul of Microsoft  —  Steven Sinofsky and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrate the completion of Windows 7 at a Microsoft event in July 2009.  (Microsoft photo).  —  This was the rap on former Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky following …
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon's latest experiment: Installing your TV and other household items  —  In another example of Amazon expanding its footprint in new ways, the online retail giant is now contracting with a Seattle area company to install TV mounts right in your home.  —  Currently in beta mode and available …
Chitika Insights:
Room for Growth: Microsoft Surface Only Generates 0.13% of All Tablet Web Traffic  —  Two of the biggest players in the computing space - Microsoft and Google - recently launched their most ambitious efforts yet in the tablet marketplace.  Microsoft's Surface was launched on October 26th …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Google Shuts Down Its Shopping Service in China  —  Google just announced it is shutting down its Google Shopping China service.  The Web site is still online, but Google confirmed its closure in a post on its China blog (link via Google Translate).  It stated:
Chris Rayner / Bing:
The Bing Social Sidebar Gets a New Look  —  At Bing, we realize that sometimes the most useful information doesn't come from ten blue links.  By bringing together knowledge from social networks with traditional web results, Bing is the only engine that saves you time allowing you to make decisions …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Grokr brings Google Now mobile search smarts to iOS  —  One of the coolest recent additions to Android has been Google Now, a quasi mind-reading app that pushes you relevant data based on your habits, location and other signals.  Now, iOS users are poised to get a similar app though it won't be coming from Google.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix's ISP rankings confirm the expected: Google Fiber is ‘the most consistently fast ISP in America’  —  Like there was ever any doubt, right?  Netflix — which serves up over one billion hours of video streaming to some 30 million members per month — owes it to itself to keep track …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple's Find My iPhone app gets driving directions  —  Apple's tool for finding lost iOS devices and Macs now lets you hunt down your missing gadgets by car, with built-in driving directions.  —  Apple today made a slight new addition to its Find My iPhone software (iTunes) that gives owners driving directions right to a lost device.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia engineer shows how to pirate games from the Windows 8 store  —  Justin Angel, a Nokia engineer working on Windows Phone, has detailed how to compromise Windows 8 games revenue through in-app purchases.  Angel highlights the Soulcraft Windows 8 game as an example of how Windows 8 users …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
For Twitter, a lofty purpose as Pope Benedict XVI makes his first tweet  —  It may look as if Pope Benedict XVI's first tweet on the auspicious date of 12/12/12 will be a divine act.  But orchestrating the pontiff's debut on Twitter has been a far more earthbound effort, involving an elaborate behind-the-scenes production.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Taiwan's MediaTek Enters the Quad-Core Chip Race  —  Taiwan's MediaTek, a chipmaker best known for powering low-end Android devices, says it is nearly ready with its first quad-core mobile processor.  —  The chip, known as the MT6589, also includes graphics and wireless communications functions …
Politico:
FTC expected to settle Google patent case  —  After months of negotiations, federal regulators and Google could reach a deal as soon as this week over how the search company uses its acquired stock house of patents to target its competitors, according to sources close to the investigation.

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